Aqeel Bhatti's grandfather was a great vocalist and musician in Pakistan. Aqeel and his father both are disciples of Khalifa Irshad Ali, son of maestro Mian Nabi Baksh in the lineage of Punjab Gharana. He has performed on Pakistani National TV and Radio of Pakistan, on TV Asia and Sahara TV. Since 2005, Aqeel is teaching Tabla in the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has performed and toured throughout the USA, Canada and the Caribbean, including with famous Ghazal singer Ustad Gulam Ali in 2008. In 2011, Aqeel accompanied dance classes with well-known Kathak dancer Dr. Pallabi Chakravorty at Swarthmore College.